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  1. Comment on Spotify Wrapped 2019 is out! What were your top artists? in ~music

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    Kanye was my artist of the decade, which made me really stop and appreciate the impact of his discography over the past 10 years. Serious culture shifting gravity from that dude. Artist of the...

    Kanye was my artist of the decade, which made me really stop and appreciate the impact of his discography over the past 10 years. Serious culture shifting gravity from that dude.

    Artist of the year was The Japanese House and if you haven't heard of her before, then oh brother, allow me to introduce you to this ear candy:

    7 votes
  2. Comment on CNN treats politics like a drama, and it's making us all less informed. in ~news

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    I think CGP Grey's This Video Will Make You Angry is the perfect companion piece to this. People need to be made more aware of the compromised systems of communication they're participating in,...

    I think CGP Grey's This Video Will Make You Angry is the perfect companion piece to this.

    People need to be made more aware of the compromised systems of communication they're participating in, but the tragic irony is that all the institutions that could educate them on the matter are the ones who stand to gain from doing the opposite.

    It's a shame that Communications is considered such a useless field of study at universities. What is usually written off as an easy A for frat bros and slackers might actually end up being one of the most important lenses with which to analyze modern discourse.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on The hidden secrets of The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind in ~games

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    My favorite game of all time. Puts every TES game since to shame with the amount of love and care that the world was crafted with. I pray Bethesda can get back to their roots with the next...

    My favorite game of all time. Puts every TES game since to shame with the amount of love and care that the world was crafted with. I pray Bethesda can get back to their roots with the next installment, however unlikely that may be.

    Also, it's nice to finally know where Tarhiel may have come from—not that I ever thought to ask myself that in the first place lol

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Marvel Studios' Black Widow - Official Teaser Trailer in ~movies

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    Authenticity is a feature of a film though. It's nice when filmmakers put in the extra effort to make elements of their movie accurate, but it's certainly not a requirement to nail authenticity in...

    Authenticity is a feature of a film though. It's nice when filmmakers put in the extra effort to make elements of their movie accurate, but it's certainly not a requirement to nail authenticity in all things to tell a fictional story (nor should it be).

    It's not beyond criticism though. I just think realistic expectations are in order, especially for Marvel films.

  5. Comment on Marvel Studios' Black Widow - Official Teaser Trailer in ~movies

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    With respect to your many good points, I think you're expecting too much from what you've already correctly identified as low-brow fiction. When MCU's version of Black Widow is the deepest, most...

    With respect to your many good points, I think you're expecting too much from what you've already correctly identified as low-brow fiction. When MCU's version of Black Widow is the deepest, most complex character in the movie, you already know everyone else is going to be a simplified caricature, hence the Russian accents. Audience gets it quickly.

    It would certainly be nice if they went to the lengths you described above to better reflect reality—but considering the type of movie this is, it's hard to expect them to do so.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on I don't know how to move in ~talk

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    Well I don't think any motivational video or piece of advice is going to cure you of your anxieties by tomorrow. You're gonna feel super uncomfortable no matter what. Getting over that is a long...

    Well I don't think any motivational video or piece of advice is going to cure you of your anxieties by tomorrow. You're gonna feel super uncomfortable no matter what. Getting over that is a long process. But I think one small thing you can do for tomorrow is to prepare an honest disclaimer about your anxiety, and acknowledge your awkwardness. Nobody worth your time would judge you for stumbling through your presentation if they knew how difficult it was for you.

    I would personally crack a joke about it. You could say it super casually and unrehearsed before you start, or read something off your note card like:

    The following presentation is unsuitable for people with second hand embarrassment. It contains: Stuttering. Forgetting lines. Shaking knees. Extreme anxiety. And a face that's exactly the same hue as a tomato.

    Don't be afraid to pause and crack a joke about your nervousness if you find you're stumbling mid-presentation either. It could take some weight off your shoulders. In any case, I'm willing to bet if you open up about your issues before presenting, it will go a lot smoother. And you'll be so much more relatable to your audience. They'll be on your side.

    Feel free to PM me if you need!

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I'm running boot camp on a 2017 Macbook Pro. 2.9 GHz i7 and a Radeon 560. Not the best, not the worst. But I actually figured out that the game's resolution is locked to the desktop resolution for...

    I'm running boot camp on a 2017 Macbook Pro. 2.9 GHz i7 and a Radeon 560. Not the best, not the worst.

    But I actually figured out that the game's resolution is locked to the desktop resolution for whatever reason (I was wondering why my only options were to scale it down). Dropping that actually gave me a playable frame rate.

  8. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Any advice on maximizing performance on AoE2? Just installed it last night and it stuttered like crazy as more of the map revealed itself on my first playthrough. Haven't been able to troubleshoot...

    Any advice on maximizing performance on AoE2? Just installed it last night and it stuttered like crazy as more of the map revealed itself on my first playthrough. Haven't been able to troubleshoot it yet.

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  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Learning that Relic is developing Age of Empires 4 has gotten me on a Company of Heroes kick lately (the first, not the second). Good grief is that game fun as hell, and it holds up so well. Still...

    Learning that Relic is developing Age of Empires 4 has gotten me on a Company of Heroes kick lately (the first, not the second). Good grief is that game fun as hell, and it holds up so well. Still feels innovative and fresh even now.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook families to sue Remington in ~news

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    It's such a stretch, and would lead to such a massive chilling effect on advertising in general, that I can't see it happening. I think they're scummy ads, but they don't seem irresponsible to the...

    It's such a stretch, and would lead to such a massive chilling effect on advertising in general, that I can't see it happening. I think they're scummy ads, but they don't seem irresponsible to the point of inciting Sandy fucking Hook.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on I'm seeking recommendations for PC games in ~games

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    Tactical Shooter: Hell Let Loose (I've really gotta stop commenting about this game haha). But it's soooooo good. You don't have to be skilled to enjoy it. Just being a productive member of a...

    Tactical Shooter: Hell Let Loose (I've really gotta stop commenting about this game haha). But it's soooooo good. You don't have to be skilled to enjoy it. Just being a productive member of a squad and following orders is a blast. Far lower barrier to entry than Arma, but way more realistic than Insurgency. 50v50 battles.

    Atmospheric indie: Stanley Parable is one of the most memorable games of all time for me. Can't recommend it enough. Perfect for you based on the games you mentioned, if you haven't played it yet.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Said it last week, I'll say it this week. If you haven't played Hell Let Loose and you're itching for a tactical shooter on PC, this game will absolutely deliver. It's all the communication and...

    Said it last week, I'll say it this week. If you haven't played Hell Let Loose and you're itching for a tactical shooter on PC, this game will absolutely deliver. It's all the communication and teamwork from Squad/Post Scriptum/Project Reality combined with the quicker, slightly more arcade-y pace of Red Orchestra 1.

    If you're looking for the military simulator atmosphere with a significantly lower barrier to entry, look no further. This game is just that good.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Hell Let Loose is some of the most fun I've ever had in a tactical military shooter. 50v50 with proximity chat and squad chat, with gameplay that's very much in the same vein as Red Orchestra. Not...

    Hell Let Loose is some of the most fun I've ever had in a tactical military shooter. 50v50 with proximity chat and squad chat, with gameplay that's very much in the same vein as Red Orchestra. Not as clunky and unforgiving as ARMA, but not as fast and fluid as CoD or Battlefield.

    I had actually played the Darkest Hour mod for RO:1 for years, and this game feels like a spiritual successor to it. I can't recommend it enough if you want a semi-serious tactical team based shooter to sink your teeth into.

    This video does a great job of showcasing the gameplay

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Do Nazis deserve electricity? in ~talk

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    Well put. Cutting off internet for "undesirable" sections of the population is the social engineering equivalent of shoving your mess under your bed to clean your room. It doesn't actually get rid...

    Well put. Cutting off internet for "undesirable" sections of the population is the social engineering equivalent of shoving your mess under your bed to clean your room. It doesn't actually get rid of the problem.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Is Tolkien's prose really that bad? in ~books

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    Reddit is weirdly overcritical of just about everything under the sun, often holding things to universal standards that do no justice to a work's unique merit or the context with which it was...

    Reddit is weirdly overcritical of just about everything under the sun, often holding things to universal standards that do no justice to a work's unique merit or the context with which it was created.

    I'm sure there are perfectly valid critiques of his prose, but I wouldn't put too much stock into reddit's version of it.

    12 votes
  16. Comment on 'Joker' director Todd Phillips pushes back against 'outrage,' 'far left' criticism in ~movies

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    It concerns me that the simple act of telling an empathetic story for a certain type of character evokes "both sides" criticism. This seems like the opposite and equally-fallacious end of the...

    It concerns me that the simple act of telling an empathetic story for a certain type of character evokes "both sides" criticism. This seems like the opposite and equally-fallacious end of the "video games cause violence" argument.

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  18. Comment on I haven't owned a car in 12 years. What should I buy? in ~hobbies

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    WRXs are a blast and right in your price range. Roomy for a 4-door sedan, with enough power to make driving super fun. Plus they're perfect for modding in the future if you want to take them up to...

    WRXs are a blast and right in your price range. Roomy for a 4-door sedan, with enough power to make driving super fun. Plus they're perfect for modding in the future if you want to take them up to stage 1 or 2. Plenty of extra horsepower to unlock when you start to get bored of it :)

    I'd give one a test drive at the very least. If only to rule it out.

    Edit: and the WRX wave is the maybe its most underrated feature. Literally every other WRX driver you pass can't help but wave back at you.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on US Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas's radical vision of race in ~misc

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    Honest expression requires empathetic reception, and I just don't see how this mindset can co-exist with the way that racism has been tabooed in society at large. When people are labeled racist...

    Whites—Southern and Northern, liberal and conservative, rural and urban—are racists. Racism, Thomas would tell students at Mercer University, in 1993, “has complex and, to a certain degree, undiscoverable roots.” Not knowing its beginnings, we can’t know its end. The most that can be hoped for is that whites be honest about it. Honesty is demonstrated through crude statements of personal animus or intellectual suggestions of racial inequality. Dishonesty is demonstrated through denial of one’s racism and sympathetic extensions of help.

    Honest expression requires empathetic reception, and I just don't see how this mindset can co-exist with the way that racism has been tabooed in society at large. When people are labeled racist (legitimately or not), they stand to lose friends, social currency, status, and jobs. Unless we can create a culture of empathetic understanding for those brave enough to be honest with themselves about implicit bias and privilege—rather than a culture of equating all forms of racism and vilifying anyone accused of it—honest expression will only be punished.

    On a related tangent, I've felt for a while that the term "racist" needs to be de-weaponized and diversified. Racial inequality and discriminatory ideas take so many different forms that one umbrella term can't possibly represent it all. A woman subconsciously clutching her purse and a Klansman burning a cross could both be labeled "racists," but the nature of their discrimination clearly isn't equal. If we're talking about dishonesty, automatically lumping that woman in with the most extreme forms of racism by terminological limitation feels dishonest.

    Idk. I'm conflicted on some of this stuff. Happy to discuss if anyone cares to expand.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on How scrolling textures gave Super Mario Galaxy 2 its charm in ~games.game_design

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    I'll have to check this out when I'm not at a coffee shop without headphones. But I've always been super impressed with Nintendo's creativity in maximizing their "subpar" hardware with excellent...

    I'll have to check this out when I'm not at a coffee shop without headphones. But I've always been super impressed with Nintendo's creativity in maximizing their "subpar" hardware with excellent art direction. I want to say they used a toned-down version of the scrolling texture effect in Breath of the Wild for wet surfaces in the rain (I could rant all day about how beautiful that game is, despite its low-poly textures).

    And also, TIL about noclip.website. What an awesome resource.

    5 votes